The Marriage Schedule is a permanent record, so it must be signed using permanent black liquid ink.
If you don’t have the time for a formal rehearsal, here’s a useful checklist of things to think about as you prepare for the big day. What time is the ceremony? What time will the groom’s party arrive beforehand? Who’s going to help the guests find a seat? Who’s going to distribute the Orders of … Continue Reading
One of the first things that gets drummed into you when you’re authorised to conduct legal marriages is that you must ensure that the Marriage Schedule is signed in ‘permanent black liquid ink’. Fair enough you might think, but what does that actually mean? Does it mean ‘indelible’ ink? Indelible means a mark that cannot … Continue Reading
It made me laugh when I saw my photo with this headline, but I really don’t think it’s all down to me! Yes it’s a big story, but there’s another one in among the statistics published by the National Register of Scotland: the continuing rise and rise of humanist marriage. While ceremonies conducted by Humanist Society Scotland … Continue Reading
My friend Ditte Solgaard Dunn is one of Scotland’s top photographers. She invited me to tell her followers the secret of having the best ever humanist wedding on her blog, and in return I have asked her to give you some advice on how to get the best from your wedding photography. That story will be … Continue Reading
Couples often ask if they can use the word ‘take’ rather than ‘accept’ when they make the legal declaration at the climax of their wedding ceremony. It’s a good question.The Registrar General of Scotland’s web site says “There is no legally prescribed form of words to be used in relation to ‘marriage vows’ in Scotland”, but … Continue Reading
As I’ve said elsewhere on this blog, rehearsals aren’t mandatory, but they’re a good chance to work out what happens when and who does what. I first met Julie and Dougie at a wedding fair at The Corn Exchange last November, and I remember we got on like a house on fire. They’re getting married … Continue Reading
I was very pleased to be asked by Christina & Jay of Elemental Photography to give them some thoughts about why I do what I do on their inspirational wedding blog We Fell In Love. Check it out, and let me know what you think?
When you got engaged, did you post your happy news on Facebook? Do you share the highs and lows of your private life on twitter? As so many of us share the intimate details of our lives online, there are bound to be times that somebody oversteps the line. More and more often recently, I’ve … Continue Reading
I just got an email from a couple who are coming all the way from the USA to marry near Edinburgh later this year, and what they say may be of interest if you’re not in the UK. …handling the registrar is easy, but dealing with the British Consulate to get the visa is a … Continue Reading